The birthday cake was is 2007.
The 1962 vibroplex key it was fashioned after I bought when I was 15.
I gave it to my son Chip for his 36th birthday.
My first license was issued in April 1973 at the age of 15.
My previous callsigns were WN9MGD, WD9AIJ and KO9U.
I am blessed with an entire family of licensed hams, all general class, with *9IO* callsigns.
xyl Cindy N9IOQ, daughter Crystal W9IOU and son Chip K9IOC.
Crystal's husband Rodney has joined in the family fun now, his callsign is K9UNO.
Please visit our family web site, appropriately named "THE I/O PORT"
located at http://www.qsl.net/n9io/
One of these days I might actually get around to updating the site.
My favorite activities are Fox Hunting, DXing and Contesting,
in particular, ARRL November Sweepstakes and contribute to the club
competition score of the Society of Midwest Contesters (SMC) http://www.w9smc.com
Also got involved with APRS in 2008.
I programmed the APRS super digis W9AZ-1 in Bourbonnais,
W9AZ-2 University Park near Gov St University
and AD9L-1 in Watseka.
The SCHOSP Wide1-1 fill-in digi at Silver Cross Hospital
located in New Lenox, IL and my home I-Gate fill-in digi
N9IO in western Kankakee county.
All were done using the New n-N Paradigm set forth by WB4APR.
Currently HF gear is FT-920, IC-775dxp, IC-746, TL-922A, ALS-600.
FT-857dand TM-D700A Kenwood mobile for 2/440/aprs.
Six-Pak and a pair of ICE bandpass filters.
TA-33 at 55 ft, 1.5wave dipole for 12m at 55 ft, 160 Inv-L, Double Bazooka on 80 at 50 ft.
HF2V vertical with above ground radials for use on 40 and 80 and 40m dipole at 35 feet.
RX antennas so far are a EWE pointed north and a bi-directional delta pennant for E/W,
KD9SV RX preamp, 1962 vibrokeyer and I use Writelog for contest logging.
I am a proud member of the ARRL - American Radio Relay League, http://www.arrl.org/
I wrote the first ARRL Central Division Web Site.
Visit the ARRL Central Div Web at http://www.central.arrl.org/
SMC - Society of Midwest Contesters, http://www.w9smc.com/ GO SMC!!!
KARS - Kankakee Area Radio Society, http://www.w9az.com/
I have been Web Master of the KARS web site since 1997 and
serve on the board of directors and as Fox Hunt Coordinator.
KARS holds it's Annual Hamfest known as KARSFEST in July.
KARSFEST 2013 is on July 21st.
We can use and appreciate your support. http://www.w9az.com/karsfest.html
Best 73' Clay N9IO
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